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December 9, 2015 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
March 22, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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I don’t like to be a promoter of stereotypes, but there are certain things that spring to mind when we think of China. Chop sticks. Jackie Chan. Three-in-ones. That place that you wouldn’t willingly bring your dog. But, football? Nah, no way. I couldn’t think of anything less Chinese than the beautiful game, could you? Well maybe, I dunno, unpolluted air? (OK, I have realised that not only am I a promoter of stereotypes, I am also quite a racist.) The Green Eyed Monster But recently, China is one of the hottest topics amongst football fans. Astronomical money is being pumped into Chinese football, meaning that some of the best […]

March 16, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald
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The Europa League this year has been unusual to say the least. In the past couple of years, a big-named team has emerged as winners in the form of Sevilla, Chelsea, Atlético Madrid and FC Porto. However, in the 2016/17 edition of the Europa League it’s difficult to say that there are multiple teams of real pedigree remaining. Manchester United are obviously an exception as a big team, but with the other ‘big names’ being Roma, Lyon and possibly Schalke 04, it’s hard to argue for the prestige of the competition. Nevertheless, a guaranteed place in next year’s Champions League is up for grabs and each of the last 16 […]

March 7, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald
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Heading into the knockout stages of this year’s Champions League, there had been a lot of strong performances and results from the usual teams and players. Barcelona and Atlético Madrid both topped their groups, and Lionel Messi scored a near unbelievable 10 goals in the group stages (if it wasn’t Messi that is). Even so, the 2016/17 edition of the Champions League has thrown in some big surprises. Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Porto finished behind Borussia Dortmund, Atlético and Leicester City respectively in their groups. Even Arsenal won their group ahead of PSG! It seemed like the year where anything could happen would come in the knockout stages. Despite […]

March 3, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry
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For every single Ibrahimović, Kanté or Gabriel Jesus that gets brought into the Premier League, you’ll also find 4 or 5 Eric Djemba-Djembas or Djimi Traores. The most infamous of all was Ali Dia who blagged his way into the Southampton squad in the ‘90s but nobody here is quite on that level. Here are our top 11 underperformers in the Premier League so far this season. Goalkeeper – Liverpool Before I proceed, yes I will be choosing just one player for every position but when it comes to the Liverpool goalkeeping conundrum, like Jurgen Klopp, I just couldn’t decide who was worse. It’s not often that sections of fans […]

February 28, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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Every now and then, something happens that makes us believe in the beautiful game again. In a world where football seems to be dominated by boardrooms, sponsorship deals and stupidly rich absentee owners, once in a while something happens that makes us hark back to a simpler time. A more innocent, and purer time. When money didn’t matter and football was about community. A time that maybe never existed like we remember it, in truth. Last year, we allowed ourselves to be brought on a journey. We dared not pinch ourselves, for the feeling that this was but a dream and we would soon experience the piercing howl of reality, […]

February 25, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald
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The EFL League Cup, formerly known as the Carling Cup or Capital One Cup to most people, reaches its exciting conclusion on February 26th (4.30pm, Sky Sports) when Southampton and Manchester United face-off in Wembley Stadium. In recent years, this trophy has been won by English club powerhouses such as Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, and ahem, Swansea City and Birmingham City… but this year plans to be a cracker. Who’s In the 2017 Final? Southampton Southampton have been baffling in the last few seasons. Despite selling basically their entire squad to Liverpool, along with Luke Shaw, Morgan Schneiderlin, Victor Wanyama and Calum Chambers to various ‘top-six’ clubs, they have stayed […]

February 21, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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There has been much debate about the relevance of the FA Cup in recent times. The “magic of the cup” is being shoved down our throats regularly by media outlets such as the BBC. But replays, player rotation, and designated weekends are really beginning to irk a generation that has grown up with the sex-appeal of Sky Sports. Nevertheless, as the competition progresses, excitement and interest levels grow. While the FA Cup may not have been the objective of a club at the dawning of the season, it could now be the only realistic chance of silverware. In a competition that is known for its upsets and shocks, we take […]

February 14, 2017 (No Comments) by Evan Coughlan
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THE CHAMPIONS! Ah the Champions League last 16, the round where the competition finally gets interesting after the somewhat predictable group stage of the tournament. In saying that, one team nobody thought would get this far are the Premier League Champions Leicester City. The Foxes have defied everyone’s expectations (well expect Gary Lineker’s) and have qualified for the last 16 of the competition along with fellow English clubs, and regular visitors to this stage of the competition, Arsenal and Manchester City. While it’s been years since two English sides have contested the Champions League Final, nowadays it’s at least somewhat more likely, but can an English club actually win the Champions League […]

February 9, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry
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The 2016/17 season has seen a lot really interesting football played, a number of teams have adapted the modified version of 5 at the back with defensive wingers and top managers like Jose and Pep really struggled in the early parts of the season. Along with this, some stars are fading and some are beginning to shine. So with the busy festive period well and truly over and teams beginning to settle down we decided it was time to look into who the best players have been so far. It goes without saying, but if your Fantasy Football squad needs a bit of fine tuning then there are a few […]

February 1, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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Transfer windows really can make or break a manager’s reputation. Back in November, the footballing world marvelled at Jurgen Klopp’s achievement. Liverpool made a profit from last summer’s transfer window, yet there they sat, one point off the top as genuine title contenders. Flash forward to the end of January, and things are very different. Nobody loves January, but my God Liverpool’s one was awful. Out of the title race, out of the League Cup and out of the FA Cup. Now, that profit they made, and not spending in this window, is looking pretty silly. Although, who would have known that Emre Can would be as effective this season […]

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